Vietnam Buddhists Complain Of Ongoing Harassment

December 2, 2009

Source: The Philippine Star

Followers of a famed Buddhist monk say they are continuing to suffer police harassment two months after they were forcibly evicted from a monastery in southern Vietnam.

The followers of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, who has popularized Buddhism in the West and sold millions of books worldwide, say they are being persecuted because their teacher called on Vietnam's Communist government to end state control of religion and dismantle the country's religious police.

They say authorities are pressuring them to leave three temples where they have sought refuge since being ousted from the Bat Nha Monastery by an angry mob and police in late September.